Every summer, we can’t wait to host backyard barbecues, pool parties, and frozen cocktail shindigs. But do you ever notice that come July, most of your warm-weather get-togethers start to look a little humdrum? Despite the best intentions, you end up mixing frozen margaritas in an electric blender, making hot dogs on the standard grill, and grabbing beers from the dripping cooler.
We’re well into the smartphone era, and it’s time for summer parties to get high-tech. The Daily Meal has rounded up a list of the 9 craziest gadgets to make your party a little cooler. From coolers that don’t use ice and outdoor pizza ovens to robots that attend to your every grilling and tiki cocktail-making needs, these devices are sure to make your party guests say “wow.” Don’t worry; even though many of these items are certainly a splurge, we also sought out gadgets that will fit a leaner grilling and outdoor entertaining budget.
Now that you’ve got fancy grills and cooking tools on the mind, you may want to serve something more adventurous than ordinary hot dogs, hamburgers, and beers. See our roundups of Easy Cocktails for Your Summer Cookout and Things You Didn’t Know You Could Grill for inspiration on making your outdoor get-together memorable this summer.
Beer Dispenser Kegerator
It’s time to get rid of the cooler full of dripping cans and bottles. A beer dispenser kegerator (or outdoor keg refrigerator) will keep an entire keg full of beer cold, and pours out a perfect pint (with the proper amount of frothiness) every time. There are so many kegerators out there that our heads are spinning, but we chose the Koolatron for its sleek, attractive design and reasonable price. Get yours here.
Blue Tooth BBQ Thermometer
Stop sticking old-fashioned pop-up thermometers in your grilled chops — or, worse, guessing when your meat is done (and hoping it’s not overcooked). The iGrill 2 comes complete with all the bells and whistles: multiple prongs for gauging different meat temperatures at once and Bluetooth smartphone compatibility for checking on your steaks from across the yard. Get yours here.